Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1) by Thea Harrison – The flame fizzles towards the end
I’m always up for a new series, and throwing…well…”elder races” into the mix sounded right up my alley. That’s just asking for a rich fantasy world with endless possibilities and creatures.
Pia Giovanni is a nomadic human/Wyr hybrid who tries to stay under the radar and out of trouble when it comes to Wyrkind and their Dark Fae enemies. However, she is forced to steal a special item from Dragos Cuelebre, the most powerful and short-tempered Wyr there is. She manages to be successful, but that only makes her public enemy number one to him, until they meet and sparks really fly.
The novel actually starts off promising. We’re introduced to a number of creatures and get a taste of the delicate balance of respect and deep rivalries that exist among the different species. The tension starts out high between Pia and Dragos and it’s very entertaining. I was invested in their teamwork when they ended up in enemy territory.
However, being primarily PNR that can only last for so long until they shag like bunnies. If I do PNR, I am not for the super sappy kind and that’s what it morphs into more and more as the book progresses. The ending was eye-roll inducing for me because I just felt as if too much happens between them within a span of days that I could count with two hands.
The nicknames for the characters were pretty corny too; so much so that I wish Harrison didn’t even bother to add them.
I also had an issue with the writing format of the book. It alternates between third-person and first-person; however the first-person inner monologues are supposed to be italicized. There were countless spots where they were not italicized, making it a little confusing and annoying to follow at times.
I’m not sure if I will continue with this series because the couple (which I ended up not liking) overshadows the world itself, which I found way more interesting. For a PNR, that’s honestly how it should be in the first place. But their love story just wasn’t complicated enough for me to appreciate the journey. They just didn’t earn it for me.